[CODATA-international] The World Science Day for Peace and Development 2019 - "Open Science, leaving no one behind"

Berkman, Paul A Paul.Berkman at tufts.edu
Fri Oct 25 13:43:36 EDT 2019

Excellent!  Great to learn of the World Science Day for Peace and Development on November 10th!!

Science diplomacy as a young field with deep roots emerged with lessons of global cooperation in "the interests of science and the progress of all mankind" - as with the 1959 Antarctic Treaty, building cooperation continuously throughout the cold war to the present based on the "common interests" of allies and adversaries alike, including the United States and Soviet Union.

The urgencies from World War II still exist and the challenge is to push the needle across a 'continuum of urgencies' with informed decisionmaking from short-term reactions toward long-term sustainability of our globally-interconnected civilization, requiring international, interdisciplinary and inclusive integration across generations.

Prof. Paul Arthur Berkman
Director, Science Diplomacy Center
Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Tufts University
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Science Diplomacy: Antarctica, Science and the Governance of International Spaces (2011), available from the Smithsonian Institution (https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/16154<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__repository.si.edu_handle_10088_16154&d=DwMGaQ&c=c6MrceVCY5m5A_KAUkrdoA&r=-W0tYttYY2ls6FBzaQ0jgJPAJ_UDNvL6lzYvZV2flVs&m=46vGdcaSbcBSii0f6dt1E0uGahHxHfgSB-xoWuu2xgk&s=1t_bNYHOMf2kGVxYcj60ClpnwrL6hU0fGCcFgssdg-E&e=>), celebrating the first fifty years of the 1959 Antarctic Treaty at the 2009 Antarctic Treaty Summit in "the interests of science and the progress of all mankind" (www.atsummit50.aq<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.atsummit50.aq_&d=DwMGaQ&c=c6MrceVCY5m5A_KAUkrdoA&r=-W0tYttYY2ls6FBzaQ0jgJPAJ_UDNvL6lzYvZV2flVs&m=46vGdcaSbcBSii0f6dt1E0uGahHxHfgSB-xoWuu2xgk&s=cqvJbc8mxGoSuMnb-COkEKjx1vX0i1bIdDCCKs0E3nk&e=>), as the first book published on SCIENCE DIPLOMACY.

From: CODATA-international [mailto:codata-international-bounces at lists.codata.org] On Behalf Of anatoly
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To: Suchith Anand <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>; CODATA International <codata-international at lists.codata.org>
Subject: Re: [CODATA-international] The World Science Day for Peace and Development 2019 - "Open Science, leaving no one behind"

That really matters what we do celebrate: "the important role of science in society and the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives" or "Open Science" because it makes a huge difference. If we underscore just "the importance of science" we are purely in the paradigm of Enlightenment which considers science, cause and effect, positive perfect absolute truth to determine all areas of human culture and activities.

There is nothing wrong with "cause and effect thinking" except for it didn't help world to solve many crucial problems and  avert two world wars and other major catastrophes. That was one of the reasons for "social consciousness" to turn to "dialogical understanding" of things which reflects on science too. Namely, it requires modern science to turn to its foundations times and again, literally at every move of any theory development. And, when we are to think about foundations, different ways to look at them come to play. Thence -- dialogue as the paradigm of modern thinking.

The above explains, in my view, the theme of "Open Science" as an emerging value. The "Openness" is to be stressed here not science because openness as an aspect of dialogue becomes a major value in all areas of human culture and activities, science (just) included. We need to realize that.

A side note: I brought in a problem of IP here not long ago -- in relation to the subject of, let's say, "open data." It is not so difficult to infer from the above that IP is the major problem, an obstacle on the road to "Open Science," "Open Data," "Open Culture," and so forth. The scientific community is to realize that.

On 10/25/19 02:33, Suchith Anand wrote:

Dear all,

The World Science Day for Peace and Development 2019 will be devoted to the theme of "Open Science, leaving no one behind".  Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the important role of science in society and  underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

Open Science is not only an issue of science being open to the research community, as in "open access" and "open data", but refers to a science open to society.  In spite of the progress made in recent years, we are still witnessing great disparities across and within different regions and different countries when it comes to accessing science, technology and innovation (STI) and enjoying their benefits. To address these disparities and close the existing STI gaps, Open Science is an important step in the right direction. Details at https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/worldscienceday

Scientists can play a key role in helping advance this. I can give one small example. 6 years ago  (November 2013), I was invited to join the  European Union scientific delegation to Australia for meetings and workshop at the Australian Academy of Science [1] in Canberra.

One of the key official outcomes of the EU-Australia meeting was the establishment an Open Source Geoscience  Laboratory at the  University of Melbourne with linked laboratories across Australia and New Zealand. Details at


That was the humble start of the first Open Source Geospatial Lab at the University of Melbourne. I am grateful to colleagues at the University of Melbourne for making this possible   Details at http://spatial.unimelb.edu.au/engagement/ica-osgeo-laboratory/

I am requesting  all colleagues who are part of key international scientific organisations like the International Science Council  to support Open Science and use the opportunity to work for establishing dedicated Research Centres for Open Science (with focus on geoeducation ) globally, so we ensure geoeducation and digital economy opportunities for all.

Let us embrace open science as a tool for making science more accessible, scientific process more inclusive and the outputs of science more readily available for all.

The best gift to give is a gift of useful knowledge.

Best wishes,


Dr. Suchith Anand

Chief Scientist

Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition


[1] https://docs.education.gov.au/node/35299

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